Law Firm Partner Moves in London - Issue 45

May - June 2018

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Welcome to the latest round-up of lateral partner moves in the legal market from Edwards Gibson; where we look back at announced partner-level recruitment activity in London over the past two months and give you a ‘who’s moved where’ update.

There are a total of 68 lateral partner moves in this edition, which, although a 5% increase on our March-April edition, is 13% fewer than the statistical average for the preceding five year period.  Indeed, at the half year point, the number of lateral partner moves in London was down 23% on the (admittedly record breaking) same period in 2017 – a drop which, as we observed in our last edition, is only partially explained by the 2017 figures being artificially buoyed by the collapse of King & Wood Mallesons’ European verein.

Still, there are plenty of exciting comings and goings for market watchers in this edition which includes seven moves by in-house lawyers into partnership (including two from litigation funders) along with the hire by Linklaters of the Director of Public Prosecutions – Alison Saunders. 

Also of note; the reclaiming of one of its own by Allen & Overy - in the form of leading financial services partner Bob Penn, after a two year sojourn at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton - represents a rare riposte in the battle for talent by a magic circle firm against the US elite.

The largest single team move in this round-up was by Irwin Mitchell which nabbed a three partner employment team from Bindmans


Top partner recruiters in London May-June 2018

    Paul Hastings                                     4

    Eversheds                                          4

    Irwin Mitchel                                      3

    White & Case                                     3


Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to discuss this article or any other aspect of the market in more depth.

Scott Gibson, Director

Sloane Poulton, Director

Mark Coates, Senior Consultant


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